He Lost His Bet, Thank Goodness.
May 15, 2018 3:17pm CST
Five years ago my husband and our son were having a drink together and the subject of my husband's longevity came up. At that time my husband was 82, and he said that he doubted that he would be around after the next couple of years. Our son immediately bet him £500 that he would last at least another five years, to which my husband replied 'done'. Did I mention that they were having a drink at the time? - make that three or four! So the bet worked out like this ; If my husband evaded the Grim Reaper for another five years, he had to pay our son £500. If he didn't, he'd win the bet, but he wouldn't be around to collect it! A no-win situation for him, so a rather foolish bet. Anyway, the 5 years are up and my husband has lost his bet, thank goodness. Our son has refused to take the money of course, and the family has had a good laugh about it. Photo is my husband.
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A good bet to lose anyway. Happy for you all. I recall the newly elected Prime Minister of Malaysia, who was, in fact, the longest serving Prime Minister earlier and retired, telling that he never expected to live to the age of ninety while celebrating that milestone. Now he has become Prime Minister and will be 93 in a couple of months. He wants to clean up some tricky issues and hopes to hand over power in the next two years! Did he campaign hard to get elected? You bet, more than what a younger person could! I think it is the mind willing the body and the body acting as a willing partner - siva
• Redlands, California
I think its a bit different when you lived a full life, but still sad all the same. Celebrate the life is what we do around here, but glad old man won and lost and say that with the most respect. Sometimes even mother nature knows better to mess with the true.